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Italeri 1/72 scale F-35A Lightning II

By Paul Boyer
Published: January 6, 2014

Italeri’s new 1/72 scale F-35A Lightning II plastic model kit should not be confused with its previous X-35 kit or with Fujimi’s F-35B STOVL version. Molded in Italeri’s standard soft gray styrene, the parts have good recessed and raised details. Wings are molded with the fuselage in upper and lower halves. These and the engine and afterburner parts are on one sprue, which indicates to me that other versions of the jet may come with alternate fuselage/engine sprues. A full engine is provided, but only the afterburner will be seen. The canopy is molded in clear styrene, but the real ones are tinted. 

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